Kauai Bird Plan OK With Feds, Not Yet With State

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After years of dead birds, lawsuits and even a criminal indictment, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative finally has a permit to avoid further trouble for any impacts on federally protected seabirds.

But is it just a piece of paper?

On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave its approval [pdf] to the Kauai electric co-op's habitat conservation plan and incidental take license. Both the co-op and environmentalists touted the important step in press releases Monday.

"We've been asking KIUC to implement these common sense protective measures for years, but the utility refused," said Peter Galvin of the Center for Biological Diversity in one release. "It’s gratifying to see they are finally being required under the HCP."

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